Date
24 November 2017
A newborn baby girl with the umbilical cord still attached to her body was found next to a rubbish bin in Wan Chai. Photo: Google Maps
A newborn baby girl with the umbilical cord still attached to her body was found next to a rubbish bin in Wan Chai. Photo: Google Maps

Zambian woman, 22, arrested over abandoned newborn in Wan Chai

A newborn baby girl with the umbilical cord still attached to her body was found next to a rubbish bin in Wan Chai on Wednesday morning, hk01.com reports.

Police have arrested a 22-year-old Zambian woman believed responsible for the crime.

The baby was unconscious when she was found by passersby near Hennessy Road and Tonnochy Road. She was rushed to the Ruttonjee Hospital but was pronounced dead at 7:44 a.m.

The suspect entered Hong Kong in September and was allowed to stay in the city for three months, police said in a press conference.

Chief Inspector Lo Chi-kan of the Wan Chai Police District said initial investigation indicated that the woman had given birth at a guest house on Tuesday.

Lo said the case has been referred to the Wan Chai Regional Crime Unit.

The baby was found in a white foam box by a customer at a nearby newspaper stall.

A worker at the newspaper stall surnamed Yip said the baby was barely breathing when she was found. She had no clothing and the umbilical cord was still attached to her body.

Judging from the baby’s skin color, Yip believes the baby was not of Asian descent.

Some 20 police officers were deployed to search for more evidence along Hennessy Road and Lockhart Road on Wednesday afternoon, looking through trash cans and collecting CCTV footage from nearby shops and facilities.

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